The Truth About Ceramic Coatings for Cars: What They Are, What They Do, and What They Don’t Do

A Ceramic Coating is a coating that chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection.

A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months.

In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:

 

Protection from UV Damage / Oxidization

If a vehicle is often exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.

 

 

Protection from Chemical Stains and Etching

Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. The result is that your vehicle will be more resistant to staining and etching, provided the contaminant is removed in a timely manner.

 

Ease of Cleaning

One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.

 

 

Enhanced Gloss

If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.

As we said at the outset, a Ceramic Coating will add value to your vehicle. 

 

 

What Does a Ceramic Coating Not Do?

For the reasons listed above, a Ceramic Coating does preserve your vehicle’s exterior and reduce ongoing maintenance needs. Therefore, if you choose to have a Ceramic Coating applied, you will be adding value to your vehicle.

However, despite the claims of some manufacturers and detailers, a Ceramic Coating is not a miracle, super-cure product that will solve any and every problem for your car. Thus, it is important for you to know what a Ceramic Coating does not do.

Eliminate the Danger of Scratches, Swirl Marks, or Rock Chips

The scratch-resistance of a Ceramic Coating is often exaggerated. Though some small scratches can be repelled by a Ceramic Coating (as we described above), a coated vehicle will not be completely resistant to the risk of rock chips or parking lot scratches. Furthermore, improper car washing techniques or automated car washes will still create swirl marks on your vehicle’s surface. It is important to know that a Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for more serious scratch or chip protection (such as Paint Protection Film, also known as Clear Bra), nor does it eliminate the need to wash your car in a proper manner in order to avoid swirl marks.

 

What Does a Ceramic Coating Not Do?

For the reasons listed above, a Ceramic Coating does preserve your vehicle’s exterior and reduce ongoing maintenance needs. Therefore, if you choose to have a Ceramic Coating applied, you will be adding value to your vehicle.

However, despite the claims of some manufacturers and detailers, a Ceramic Coating is not a miracle, super-cure product that will solve any and every problem for your car. Thus, it is important for you to know what a Ceramic Coating does not do.

 

 

Eliminate the Danger of Scratches, Swirl Marks, or Rock Chips

The scratch-resistance of a Ceramic Coating is often exaggerated. Though some small scratches can be repelled by a Ceramic Coating (as we described above), a coated vehicle will not be completely resistant to the risk of rock chips or parking lot scratches. Furthermore, improper car washing techniques or automated car washes will still create swirl marks on your vehicle’s surface. It is important to know that a Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for more serious scratch or chip protection (such as Paint Protection Film, also known as Clear Bra), nor does it eliminate the need to wash your car in a proper manner in order to avoid swirl marks.

 

 

Eliminate the Risk of Water Spotting

A normal drop of water contains a certain amount of dirt or minerals. When water evaporates on your vehicle’s surface, the minerals are left behind, creating visible spots. Detailers and consumers may assume that the hydrophobic quality of a Ceramic Coating will eliminate water spotting, since water slides of the coated surface. While it is true that some water will be repelled from the hydrophobic surface, other water droplets will bead and remain on the vehicle, creating the opportunity for water-spotting.

 

 

Eliminate the Need to Wash

Notice above we said a Ceramic Coating keeps your car looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance, not no maintenance. Let’s face it, the road is a dirty place. If you are driving your car, it will get dirty, Even with a Ceramic Coating, you will still need to wash your car regularly in order to maintain its look. The benefit of a Ceramic Coating is that the cleaning process will be easier. Moreover, having a Ceramic Coating means that you will no longer have to wax your vehicle every few months, eliminating a significant part of maintaining your car’s exterior. Thus, a Ceramic Coating does not make your vehicle maintenance-free, but it does mean that with less work you will be able to maintain better results.

So what does all this mean?

Simply put, it is important to be educated about a product before making a decision about whether it is right for your vehicle. Will Ceramic Coatings benefit your vehicle and add value? Certainly! Are Ceramic Coatings a miracle, one-stop-shop solution for all of your vehicle’s exterior problems? Certainly not!

IGL KENZO

Ecocoat kenzo is our flagship REACH compliant ceramic coating which pioneered the 100% active material formulation for ceramic coatings. Synthesised using the latest nanotechnology, ecocoat kenzo creates a thick 10H hardness layer of protection that radiates a rich and natural glow reminiscence of bespoke wax, while providing unmatched protection and smoothness that last 12 times longer than waxes. The result is a stunning and jaw dropping glow for up to 5 years


 

HIGH SOLIDS

100% active material content and 0% solvent creating a thick film build

EXTREME HARDNESS

Crosslinks and full cures to hardness of up to 10H (pencil scale)

ANTI-FOULING

Surface stays clean for a longer period thanks to the anti-fouling effect

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First coating to provide a texture similar to soft luxurious silk that rivals bespoke wax

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Water contact angle that surpasses 120° and retaining close to this angle for a long period

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IGL Quartz +

Ecocoat quartz+ is a hybrid REACH compliant ceramic coating system which merges 2 different ceramic coatings with different properties using nanotechnology to create the ultimate layer of protection with improved reflectivity, durability, increased slick and anti-fouling. The result is a coated surface with increased resistance against harsh chemicals, micro marring and dullness that last up to 3 years.


 

HIGH SOLIDS

90% active material content and 10% solvent creating a thick film build

EXTREME HARDNESS

Crosslinks and full cures to hardness of up to 9H (pencil scale)

SUPERB HYDROPHOBIC QUALITY

Water contact angle that surpasses 110° and retaining close to this angle for a long period

ANTI-FOULING

Surface stays clean for a longer period thanks to the anti-fouling effect

WATERSPOT RESISTANCE

Improved formulation to increase the resistance of water spotting on coated vehicles

 

from £275

 

IGL Quartz  

 

Ecocoat quartz is our pioneer REACH compliant low VOC high solid ceramic coating which is synthetised with our proprietary modified active material, carrier and nanotechnology to be free from any carcinogenic chemicals. The result is an increase in the paint’s reflectivity and resistance against harsh chemicals, micro marring and dullness that last up to 2 years.

 

HIGH SOLIDS

80% active material content and 20% solvent creating a thick film build

EXTREME HARDNESS

Crosslinks and full cures to hardnes

SUPERB HYDROPHOBIC QUALITY

Water contact angle that surpasses 110° and retaining close to this angle for a long period

s of up to 9H (pencil scale)

ANTI-FOULING

Surface stays clean for a longer period thanks to the anti-fouling effect

SMOOTH SURFACE

Creates a smooth coated surface to reduce micro marring

WATERSPOT RESISTANCE

Improved formulation to increase the resistance of water spotting on coated vehicles

 

from £200

 

 

IGL Poly coat

Ecocoat poly is our original REACH compliant high solid ceramic coating which is synthetised with our proprietary modified active material, carrier and nanotechnology to be free from any carcinogenic chemicals. The result is an increase in the paint’s reflectivity and also resistance against harsh chemicals, micro marring and dullness that last up to 1 year.

 

HIGH SOLIDS

70% active material content and 30% solvent creating a thick

EXTREME HARDNESS

Crosslinks and full cures to hardness of up to 8H (pencil scale)

film build

ANTI-FOULING

Surface stays clean for a longer period thanks to the anti-fouling effect

SMOOTH SURFACE

Creates a smooth coated surface to reduce micro marring

WATERSPOT RESISTANCE

Improved formulation to increase the resistance of water spotting on coated vehicles

SUPERB HYDROPHOBIC QUALITY

Water contact angle that surpasses 105° and retaining close to this angle for a long period

 

from £150

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